Speaking to journalists at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was repeatedly asked if he understands that there are conditions for a stable government and if he believes that a broad understanding is necessary.
“The President is not a political analyst and therefore will not do political analysis on what is going on and what is going on. And, therefore, it is waiting for the nominating Prime Minister to nominate the Government for his appointment and then for his inauguration, ”replied the head of state.
When asked about the new parties with parliamentary representation, he gave the same answer: “The President does not analyze. It does not analyze the composition of the parliament, it does not analyze the formation of the Government ”.
"The President can say what he said right after the elections: Whatever you depend on the President, of course you will do everything to ensure stability, as you did in the previous legislature," he added.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa argued that "a President cannot comment on the composition of the parliament" because "there is an institutional relationship between the President of the Republic and the Assembly of the Republic, whatever its composition."
"This relationship was a very cooperative and harmonious relationship in the coming legislature, and it will be on the President's side exactly the same in the new legislature," he said.
The head of state was speaking after a conversation with writer Mia Couto about his book “The universe in a grain of sand”, edited by Caminho, in which topics such as borders and intolerances were discussed in a session moderated by journalist Maria Flor. Pedroso, director of information at RTP.
In this regard, he was asked in particular about the election of a deputy by Chega, a party that, among other things, advocates the immediate exit of Portugal from the UN Global Compact on Migration, against the “national consensus” that Head of State has relied on this matter.
“I will not be commenting at this time on the composition of the parliament,” repeated Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Regarding the meetings held on Tuesday with the ten parties with parliamentary representation in view of the nomination of the prime minister, the President of the Republic said that he did not comment on these hearings and that “what was important was to conclude regarding the nomination of the first prime minister. "I concluded, and concluded on the same day."
“The Prime Minister is nominated and now has considerable time, because of the process of final tabulation of the results and the constitution and commissioning of the Assembly of the Republic, for the formation of the Government and for the Government's proposal, for future appointment and swearing in, ”he said, arguing that he cannot say“ more than this ”.